Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 12 days “off ship” exploring: Antarctica (6), South Georgia (3) & the Falklands (3)
- Hassle-free inclusive travel package comprising domestic charter flights, transfers, pre-cruise hotel night in Buenos Aires, premium alcoholic drinks, Starlink WiFi and 24/7 room service
- Purpose-built for exploring the polar regions, your luxurious vessel offers an expedition experience without compromising on comfort
- Between off-ship excursions, warm up in one of the outdoor jacuzzis, get to know like-minded fellow travellers or attend an educational lecture from the talented expedition team
- Experience Antarctica from beneath the waves on a unique high-tech submarine excursion (additional cost)
- Alternatively, enjoy a water level view of the ice with a one-off kayaking session (additional cost)
Landmarks potentially visited on Elegant Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica
Included arrangements prior to embarkation
Day 0: Buenos Aires
Transfer from the airport to your included pre-cruise night at a luxury hotel in the chic Argentine capital city of Buenos Aires.
Day 1: Flight to Ushuaia & Embarkation
Today you will join your fellow guests for the transfer to the airport. Here, you will take a charter flight of approximately 3.5 hours down the length of vast Argentina to Ushuaia, your destination.
On arrival in the world’s most southerly city, you will be met and driven the short distance to the port, ready to embark on your elegant ship. Once safely on board and briefed for departure, you will set sail and head down the picturesque Beagle Channel. Familiarise yourself with the copious amounts of deck space and look out for your first wildlife sightings – black browed albatross are commonly spotted here.
Day 2 & 3: At sea crossing the Drake Passage
You will be crossing the Drake Passage as you head from the tip of South America down to the Antarctic Peninsula. This is the perfect time for the ship’s large expedition team to begin preparing you for the excitement ahead. There will be a range of both practical briefings and hugely informative educational presentations. You might have a lecture on the formation of glaciers or the history of some of the continent’s earliest explorers. Of course, there will also be talks about many of the iconic species you might spot during your voyage.
It is also worth getting out on deck as this can be an excellent time to look for huge seabirds such as albatross and giant petrels gliding past the ship. As you reach the end of your crossing, keep an eye out for your first iceberg.
Days 4 to 9: Exploring Antarctica
It’s time to begin exploring the incredible landscapes and wildlife of the White Continent. Your ship is the perfect launchpad for adventure with its fleet of 24 sturdy zodiac ribs, which will allow you to disembark and explore. You might watch penguins waddle past en route from the sea to their rookeries or crunch through the snow as you hike up to a spectacular viewpoint. The zodiacs are the ideal vehicle for spotting marine life out on the water, as you cruise quietly past spectacular sculptural icebergs in search of seals and whales.
If you have signed up for one of the optional activities (supplementary cost for each) such as kayaking or heading below the waves for a unique submarine dive, the onboard team will be in touch to let you know further details about how and when these will take place.
In between landings you will have plenty of time to relax and unwind on board, taking advantage of the ship’s extensive amenities. Sit back and enjoy an educational talk by one of the naturalists, or warm up with a soak in the outdoor whirlpool. If your muscles are weary, indulge in a massage in the spa or take in the view from your private balcony.
There is no such thing as a fixed itinerary in the polar regions. The Captain and Expedition Leader will constantly amend the plans according to the weather and ice conditions, along with taking advantage of impromptu wildlife opportunities. Each evening you will be briefed on Plan A for the following morning, but do take this with a huge pinch of salt.
Days 10 & 11: At sea
As you traverse the waters between Antarctica and South Georgia from the comfort of your luxurious ship, spare a thought for Shackleton and his men in a tiny lifeboat on one of the most epic rescue missions of all time.
Spend some time on deck as these waters can be a great place to spot seabirds on the wing. The educational program will continue preparing you for the incredible sights and history of South Georgia. This is also the perfect time to relax and explore the ship’s many social areas.
Days 12 to 14: Exploring South Georgia
Next, you will experience one of the least-visited destinations in the world: South Georgia. Blessed with a sub-Antarctic climate and nutrient-dense seas, this is an important habitat for vast populations of wildlife, from albatross and giant petrels to fur and elephant seals.
You will attempt landings around the islands at historic communities such as Grytviken, with its iconic Ernest Shackleton memorial, and the Salisbury Plain king penguin colony. The veteran expedition team will share intriguing factual snippets while they accompany you at the various sites and during excursions in zodiac boats.
Days 15 & 16: At sea
Continue your journey northbound as you head through wildlife-rich seas up to the blustery Falkland Islands. This is the perfect time to unwind after a busy schedule in South Georgia and to start sorting through your hundreds of king penguin photos!
Days 17 to 19: Exploring the Falkland Islands
More landing attempts will be made on this remote archipelago. A destination steeped in maritime and military history, its coast is dotted with more than 300 shipwrecks. You will have multiple days to explore the unspoilt scenery – from sugar-white beaches to wild rocky headlands. There is also the tiny capital of Stanley, with its wealth of history and warm locals.
You are also almost guaranteed to see penguins on the Falklands: five different species outnumber humans by the tens of thousands.
Day 20: At sea
Bid the Falklands farewell as you set sail for Ushuaia. Your expedition team will continue to provide a fascinating program of educational talks and also wrap up with a summary of your adventures. There will also be plenty of time to relax and start processing the incredible expedition you have just had.
Day 21: Disembarkation
This morning you will disembark the ship in Ushuaia. You will then be transferred to the airport for your included charter flight back up to Buenos Aires. The return to civilization can be quite the shock to the system after your experience in the polar pristine landscapes..
On arrival back into the capital, you are then free to continue with your onward travel arrangements.
NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.
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Prices, Departures and Inclusions
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $16199
The following departures operate in the opposite direction to the above itinerary, starting instead with the Falklands and moving clockwise to South Georgia and finishing in Antarctica: 19th December 2023, 15 December 2024, 16 December 2025.
Please note that the first outlined date signifies the complimentary hotel night in Buenos Aires; you will then embark on the ship one day later and disembark on the second provided date.
The 11th November departure is an extended 28 night voyage starting in Rio de Janeiro. Please note that it does not include any pre-cruise hotel night, so the 11th November is the date of embarkation.
Optional Adventure Activities
Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
Get in contact to check availability.
|Paddling||$200||One-off paddle session lasting approximately 60-90 minutes using double kayaks. Available on all departures, subject to weather and ice conditions. Price is subject to change. Booking in advance (at the time of confirming your cruise reservation) is strongly recommended due to limited availability of spaces.|
|Submarine||$1,000||Approximately 45 minutes dive time aboard one of the ship’s twin 7-person (6 guests + 1 pilot) submarines. Available on all departures, subject to weather and ice conditions. Price is subject to change. Booking in advance (at the time of confirming your cruise reservation) is strongly recommended due to limited availability of spaces.|
- Pre-cruise hotel night in Buenos Aires
- Charter flights between Buenos Aires and the port city of Ushuaia
- Welcome Champagne and complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences
- Complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times
- Open seating and complimentary dining across 8 venues
- 24 hour room service provided by your Suite Attendant
- All your shore excursions and zodiac cruises
- Complimentary 3-in-1 Helly Hansen parka expedition jacket and waterproof daypack for off-ship exploration
- Rubber boot rental (to be ordered in advance)
- Complimentary Wi-Fi in all suites
- Gratuities included
- International flights to/from Buenos Aires
- Any additional accommodation pre or post cruise outside of the aforementioned night in Buenos Aires
- Optional kayaking and submarine excursions
- Laundry services
- Spa treatments
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop, some premium alcoholic beverages)
- Personal travel insurance
- Any visas that may be required